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The article was intresting and inforamtive. It would have been more
useful if the manuscript could have presented data on the prevalence of
drug abuse amongst the young adolescents ( 10-14 yeras) as this age group
is the proxy of the current and future trend of drug abuse in the
country.The numbers of users may not represent the true scenario as the
India's population is more than 1000 million and even if 10% of adults
consume alocohol or tabacco ,it would be a large number.
The most recent published report of survey conducted under the agies
of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare , Government of India, New Delhi
popularly known as national survey family health survey -II (NFHS-2)
conducted in 1998-1999 revealed that 29% of males age 15 and above smoke
, 17 % drink alocohol and 28% chew pan masala or tobacco. Only 2 % of
women drink alocohol and 3% smoke.(1) A vast inter state variations
within states of the country was found.
The data of this report needs careful interpretation
1.National Family health survey ( NFHS-2) International Institute for
population sciences, Measure ,ORC, Macro 2000, Ajanta Offset and
Packaging Limited , New Delhi India
Dr. Umesh Kapil MD, DNB, FAMS ,FIPHA,FIAPSM
Professor Public Health Nutrition
Department of Human Nutrition,
All India Institute of Medical Sciences,
New Delhi 110 029, INDIA